Title: Explaining geographic diversity of editorial boards: the role of conference participation and English-language skills

Authors: Anne-Wil Harzing; Isabel Metz

Addresses: Department of Management, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia. ' Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia

Abstract: As the academic world has become smaller through developments such as international exchanges and electronic communication, editorial boards of management journals should have become more geographically diverse. However, we do not know what contributes to increased geographic diversity in editorial boards. This paper examines geographic diversity in editorial boards in management through secondary data from 57 journals over 20 years, covering approximately 16,000 editorial board members. We found that two factors partly predict the geographic diversity of editorial boards of management journals: a country's representation in a top US and in a top European management conference and a country's use of the English language.

Keywords: editorial boards; geographic diversity; internationalisation; management journals; conference participation; English language skills; management conferences.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2012.050423

European Journal of International Management, 2012 Vol.6 No.6, pp.697 - 715

Published online: 22 Nov 2014 *

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